Please join the Alumni Society in congratulating this year’s Alumni Scholarship Award recipients including MFACA’ers Panop Koonwat and Nai Wai Liu!
Nai Wei Liu - “Something Important” - 30 years ago my father came to study in NYC, so I’ve heard many stories about this city in childhood. After father has passed away a few years ago, I decided to study aboard in NYC too. This film is about how my memories of my family motivate myself when in depression. The visual style of abstract collage and self-narrating is applied to this 2D animation to express one of the diaries written when I was studying in a strange city. In this diary I continuously asked and answered myself how to forget unhappy memories. Through this process I realized there are still a lot precious memories worth cherishing and that kept me going. Through this work I wish to encourage not only myself but also people like me who suffer depression, and I hope everyone can find things and people worth cherishing, and face life with an active and positive attitude.
Panop Koonwat - “Cupidiculous” - is the story about Cupid, who made Adam and Eve fall in love by his love arrow. After that, they start to multiply uncontrollably. This leads to human overpopulation, which in turn leads to other problems such as overconsumption and global warming. Finally, Cupid can not stand watching the world be destroyed. He takes action intentionally to stop the problems. This project illustrated using a whimsical flat vector style with vibrant sweet colors. It is a 2D animation look but combining 3D technique (Cinema 4D) and hand drawing (ToonBoom) together.
Each year the SVA Alumni Society awards scholarship funding to final-year undergraduate and graduate students in support of the completion of their final thesis/portfolio projects and/or components thereof. To be considered, students must submit an application, and also must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and remain in good academic standing.
Here is a list of all the Almuni Scholarship Award winners.
Damon Ahola, MFA Products of Design
Melanie Aronson, MFA Social Documentary Film
Katherine Bayard, BFA Photography
Natalie de Segonzac, BFA Photography
Bridget Dearborn, MFA Design
Angela DeVito, BFA Animation
Ashley Fleming, BFA Photography
Caterina Francisca, MFA Design Criticism
Francisco Hernandez, MFA Design
Wesley Huang, BFA Film & Video
Victor Ilyukhin, MFA Social Documentary Film
Dae Yoon Kang, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects
with thesis partner Sebastian Boulange, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects
Yoon Hee Kim, BFA Design
with thesis partners Joo Kong & Silver Kim, BFA Advertising
Clay Kippen, MFA Products of Design
Panop Koonwat, MFA Computer Art
Stephanie Lin, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects
with thesis partner Thomas Shek, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects
NaiWei Liu, MFA Computer Art
Tyler Lyon, BFA Photography
Alexandra Manikas, BFA Visual & Critical Studies
Kathryn McElroy, MFA Products of Design
Andrea McGinty, MFA Fine Arts
Hector Rene Membreno-Canales, BFA Photography
Rachelle Milne, MFA Interaction Design
Norihiro Mizukami, MFA Social Documentary Film
Simone Rein, BFA Illustration
Alcee Walker, MFA Social Documentary Film
Anne Yang, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects
with thesis partner Michael Altman, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects—